Oral-History:Frederick E.Terman Associates


Frederick E.Terman Associates Oral History Collection

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A Brief History of EE at Stanford:  Frederick E.Terman went to MIT to pursue a doctorate. He minored in Chemistry at MIT and received his D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in June 1924 as the first doctoral student of Vannevar Bush, the engineer who was later to head the effort in scientific research and development for the federal government in World War II. Terman's dissertation was titled "Characteristics and Stability of Transmission Lines." While at MIT, he also studied Fourier analysis with Norbert Wiener and radio engineering with Arthur E. Kennelly.

Terman was offered Instructorships in EE at both MIT and Stanford for the 1924-25 academic year. However, before making a decision, he contracted tuberculosis and remained in bed for nine months. While recovering, he directed Herbert Hoover, Jr., a student at Stanford, in a research course in radio in the winter and spring quarters of 1925. In fall 1925, Terman joined the Stanford EE Department as a half-time Instructor and in 1926 he took over the Communications Laboratory Course which Henry Harrison Henline, with T. H. Morgan assisting, had begun during the previous year. Terman's arrival coincided with the establishment of a School of Engineering, with Theodore Jesse Hoover (the brother of President Herbert Hoover) as Dean.

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